Falls and fractures have a significant impact on our patients, their families, and caregivers, and cost the health care system billions of dollars. Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. Because many patients with falls and subsequent fractures have urologic conditions, urologists are positioned to help with the prevention of these significant and costly injuries. This article discusses the epidemiology of falls and fractures, and the urologic comorbidities that increase their risk.
Reviews in urology. 2016 [Epub]
Yousef Soliman, Richard Meyer, Neil Baum
Cairo, Egypt., Department of Orthopedics, Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, LA., Department of Urology, Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA.